AHCA: COVID-19 Update #42 & 43

Nancy Leveille and Jackie Pappalardi in Clinical & Quality

In This COVID-19 Update:

  • Where to Turn for Help
  • Survey Suspension Continues
  • Administrator Exams
  • CDC Updated Criteria for Return to Work
  • Hilton’s Rooms Donation Program to Frontline Medical Workers  

Where to Turn for Help

AHCA/NCAL has developed brief guidance for facilities facing PPE and staffing shortages, as well as other challenges in receiving assistance. It is critically important that you raise the alarm and you document your efforts to obtain support.

Suspension of Standard Surveys Continues

CMS announced on its national call with nursing homes on April 15 that the suspension of standard surveys will continue until further notice. This means the CMS guidance released on March 23 has been extended until CMS states otherwise. CMS will continue to conduct surveys for immediate jeopardy situations and additional infection control focused surveys using this tool.
 
Use this tool to perform self-assessments of your infection control policies, plans, and practices, including visitor entry and screening; infection surveillance; education, monitoring, and screening of staff; handwashing, donning and doffing of PPE, and other transmission-based precautions. You can find additional information to help you with AHCA’s Action Brief and on ahcancalED

Surveyors entering the building should bring their own PPE; be sure to screen surveyors as you would any visitor to the building, which now includes temperature checks. Surveyors should spend as little time onsite as possible for these surveys and are instructed not to investigate routine issues.

Long Term Care Administrator Exams

National Administrator Board (NAB) exams are now available as of April 14, 2020 and are considered an essential business need. Testing centers and dates are still somewhat limited, but candidates can go to the PSI scheduling site as they normally would following the link in their approval letters, and they will be able to see what sites and dates are available. This information is now posted on the NAB website.

CDC Updated Criteria for Return to Work

On April 13, 2020, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released new interim guidance on return to work criteria for healthcare personnel (HCP) with confirmed or suspected COVID-19. Centers are to use the test-based strategy as the preferred method for determining when HCP may return to work. If test-based strategy cannot be used, the non-test-based strategy may be used for determining when HCP may return to work. HCP with laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 who have not had any symptoms should be excluded from work until 10 days have passed since the first date of their positive COVID-19 diagnostic test, assuming they have not subsequently developed symptoms since their positive test.

Hilton’s Rooms Donation Program to Frontline Medical Workers

Hilton and American Express have partnered to donate up to one million free hotel nights to our association and other frontline medical professionals, so you can have a safe and welcoming place to stay as you support those impacted by COVID-19. 

Bookings can be made for up to 7 consecutive nights at a time and are currently open through May 9th. The program will run through May 31st with rooms being added through the end of May on a rolling basis, subject to availability. 

To search available hotels and book, log in on AHCA/NCAL’s website, and go to www.ahcancal.org/Hilton-Partnership to find a link to the program. Hilton has required that participating associations limit the offer to members to help ensure that the offer gets to who it was intended to reach – frontline health care workers treating COVID-19. 

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Please email COVID19@ahca.org for additional questions, or visit ahcancal.org/coronavirus for more information.

NYSHFA/NYSCAL CONTACTS:

Nancy Leveille, RN, MS
Director, Special Projects and Educational Development
518-462-4800 x20

Jackie Pappalardi, RN, BSN
Executive Director
518-462-4800 x16